BENSALEM, Pa.— Pennsylvania-bred filly Love in the Air added another stakes win to her resume when she was triumphant in the $200,000 Plum Pretty at Parx September 24.
Breaking from post position 2, Love in the Air broke fastest of the seven fillies and mares. Under Paco Lopez, clad in the silks of Main Line Racing Stable, she dashed to the front, setting a measured pace on the inside. Through a quarter in 24.22 and a half in 48.43, Love in the Air faced pressure from Midnight Obsession, narrowly leading over her stablemate.
As Midnight Obsession began to fade rounding the turn, Love in the Air maintained the lead, repelling favored Leader of the Band, who raced up to challenge after six furlongs in 1:13.0. Soon she began to edge away, in front by one and a half lengths in the stretch, one mile run in 1:38.47. Leader of the Band continued to rally but was clearly second-best to Love in the Air, a two-length winner of the mile and seventy yards event. She stopped the clock in 1:42.69.
Behind second place finisher Leader of the Band was Ninetyprcentbrynn. Following those three were Midnight Obsession, New Hire, Trolley Ride, and Titanic Rose. The ultra-talented Chub Wagon, 2021 Pennsylvania-Bred of the Year, was scratched.
The top three finishers paid 7.60, 2.10, and 4.20, respectively.
Love in the Air, a four-year-old bay daughter of Consitution, out of undefeated stakes-winning Freud mare, Lovely Syn, was most recently victorious in the $100,000 Mrs. Penny Stakes. Her win in the Mrs. Penny marked her first stakes success, following a second in Penn National’s Lyphard Stakes and a third in Parx’s Grade 3 Dr. James Penny Memorial.
Purchased for $130,000 by her owner along with trainer John Servis at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton July Horses of Racing Age Sale, Love in the Air has more than doubled that price tag with total earnings of $305,331. In 12 starts, she has only been off the board once.
By Amber Joyce, Contributing Editor
Photo: Love in the Air wins the $200,000 Plum Pretty (Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO)
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